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Comedian Dave Chappelle stopped by CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night to discuss his statements while hosting NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Nov. 12 about then-president elect Donald Trump.
Chappelle ended his monologue that night by saying, “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. And I’m going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one, too.” The comic later admitted he regretted the comment.
When asked whether now, after nearly seven months in office, he had changed his mind, Chappelle responded, “It’s not like I wanted to give him a chance that night.”
“Listen, man,” Chappelle told Colbert, “in the last six months I think we’re all getting an education about the presidency. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard in just popular discourse people discussing ethics this much. He’s putting all this stuff on the forefront.”
“Well, nobody really talks about oxygen until somebody’s got their hands around your throat,” Colbert retorted.
Chappelle went on to compare the most recent election night to years past: “I feel like many white Americans finally got to see what an election night looks like for many black Americans every cycle.”
The comedian then compared Trump to former President Barack Obama: “Donald Trump’s the other foot — good foot, bad foot. He’s a polarizing dude. He’s like a bad DJ at a good party.”
Colbert asked Chappelle what he talked about when he spoke at a town hall in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He described the town, which he visited as a child during the summer and on vacations, as culturally a “Bernie Sanders island in the Trump sea.”
Chappelle said that he was speaking up at a town hall where people were voicing their opinion about a New Year’s Eve party incident involving the police. He said that everyone is used to seeing him around, since the town is so small and everyone knows each other, and he called himself “the local Krusty the clown.”
Chappelle was on hand to promote his ongoing live show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, which is in honor of his 30-year anniversary of being in comedy.
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